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Paul Freeman (European and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology).

Paul Freeman, (European and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology).

Principal Clinical Neurologist

European & RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

Spinal Cord Injury

Intervertebral Disc Disease & Fenestration

Epilepsy Management

Spinal Surgery

Office Phone: 01223 764199


Paul graduated from Cambridge in 1987 and then spent 6 years in mixed practice in Yorkshire and Suffolk. In 1993 he gained the RCVS certificate in small animal orthopaedics, and went on to develop a referral centre for orthopaedics and neurology in his home county of Essex.

Paul gained the European Diploma in Veterinary Neurology in 2014, and in 2016 took up his current post of Principal Clinical Neurologist at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. The neurology service has grown rapidly over the last few years, and currently employs 3 specialist neurologists as well as a resident in training and service intern. Paul's main areas of interest continue to be in the management of canine spinal cord injury specifically intervertebral disc disease, and he has published review articles in 2017 and 2018 on the role of intervertebral disc fenestration. Despite having a mainly clinical role, Paul manages to combine research and teaching interests with the steadily increasing clinical caseload at QVSH.

Paul has lectured widely both nationally and internationally, and greatly enjoys the teaching aspect of his current role and involvement with veterinary students and residents, as well as working within an experienced team of specialists.  

Subject groups/Research projects

Comparative Pathobiology:

Research Interests


Canine Intervertebral Disc Disease

Intervertebral Disc Fenestration

Canine Epilepsy Management

Spinal Surgery


  • Canine
  • Neurology
  • Disc disease
  • Surgery
  • Veterinary Education


Key Publications

Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice. Neurology January 2018, Vol 48, 1. “The role of fenestration in the management of type 1 thoracolumbar disk degeneration”.

Freeman P and Jeffery ND (2017), “Re-opening the window on fenestration as a treatment for acute thoracolumbar intervertebral disc herniation in dogs.” JSAP, 58: 199–204.

Kortum, A.Freeman, P. (2018), Fibrocartilaginous embolism and marked cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis in a dog. 
Serrano G and Freeman P (2017), “Neosporosis presenting as temporal muscle atrophy in a dog.”  Vet Rec Case Rep 2017 5: doi: 10.1136/vetreccr-2016-000380


Monforte Monteiro SR et al (2016), “Medical management of spinal epidural empyema in five dogs”. JAVMA 249, 10: 1180-1186.

"Time requirement and effect on owners of home-based management of dogs with severe chronic spinal cord injury." Paul M Freeman, Mark A Holmes, Nick D Jeffery, Nicolas Granger.  J Vet Behavior 2013, 8(6): 439-443

"Clinical diagnosis and treatment of suspected neuropathic pain in three dogs." Cashmore RG, Harcourt-Brown TR, Freeman PM, Jeffery ND, Granger N.  Aust Vet J 2009, 87(1): 45-50.

"Sacrococcygeal intervertebral disc extrusion in a Dachshund." Freeman P. Vet Record 2010, 167(16): 618-9.

"Electrophysiological evidence of polyneuropathy in a cat with signs of bilateral brachial plexus neuropathy." Freeman PM, Harcourt-Brown TR, Jeffery ND, Granger N. JAVMA 2009, 234(2):240-4.